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Jazz Sextet Continues To Groove

Jazz Sextet Continues To Groove

She’s been at it for 35 years, but Toni Blodgett’s love of jazz continues to fuel her band’s unique blend of what she calls “more traditional” music. What it really means is her group has access to a vast repertoire of jazz tunes and has develo Posted: Jun 25, 2016
Author: Tim Collins
Published by: VicNews
In this Article Artist(s) CanUS Hot Jazz Band

Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra charm hometown crowd

Victoria’s Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra recently played Upstairs Cabaret here in their hometown of Victoria with locals Compassion Gorilla and Carousels opening up. There was a strong sense of community and no shortage of dancing at the ... Posted: Oct 20, 2014
Author: Matt O'Connor
Published by: Nexus
In this Article Artist(s) Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra
VIctoria Musicians Stage Tribute to Gord Downie

VIctoria Musicians Stage Tribute to Gord Downie

Victoria musicians stage tribute to Gord Downie. Proceeds benefit Cool Aid Society and BC Cancer Agency. Interview with Lola Parks. Show organized by James Kasper of Mighty Speck Records. Posted: Jan 29, 2018
Author: Kristyn Anthony
Published by: Victoria News, Black Press
In this Article Artist(s) James Kasper, Mothertrucker, Lola Parks, Blake Andison, Chris Andres , The Lost Talkers
Interview with Big John Bates.

Interview with Big John Bates.

1. Hi John. First off, can you introduce yourself, your band and dancers? You can call me John - I play a big Gretsch guitar and do the main vocals - I also do most of the songwriting. The band really began when sCare-oline (upright... Posted: Sep 8, 2008
Published by: The Skinny Magazine
In this Article Artist(s) Big John Bates, The VOODOO DOLLZ Burlesque

Give some love to the Hub

Organizers of Cowichan Station’s 125th birthday bash are asking folks in the community for 125 “little labours of love.” And whether that’s in the form of inviting neighbours for tea or a potluck, tidying a local landmark, organi... Posted: Nov 22, 2013
Published by: Cowichan News Leader
Author: Ashley Degraaf
In this Article Resource(s): The HUB at Cowichan Station

Illuminations: Songs Towards the Light

Review of Ensemble Laude's Winter concert, 2014. Posted: May 30, 2015
Author: Elizabeth Courtney
Published by: Music in Victoria
In this Article Artist(s) Ensemble Laude
Interview with Dope Soda

Interview with Dope Soda

Interview with Dope Soda was done in June, 2012 by D'Arcy Briggs Ska Fest: When and where do you guys meet? When did you decide to form the band?   Dope Soda: Well Dope Soda was a project I have been wanting to do for a v... Posted: Oct 31, 2012
In this Article Artist(s) Dope Soda, D'Arcy Briggs

Riot Brewing Co. Wins 2 Awards at World Beer Cup®

Riot Brewing Co. Wins 2 Awards at World Beer Cup ® Chemainus, BC • May 4, 2018— Riot Brewing Co. claimed a gold and a bronze award in the 2018 World Beer Cup, a global beer competition that evaluates beers from around the world and r... Posted: May 8, 2018
Published by: Press Release
Author: Aly Tomlin
In this Article Resource(s): Riot Brewing Co.
Still Blue CD Review

Still Blue CD Review

Bill Johnson contributes eight originals to his Still Blue, each one a fine example of a contemporary blues song, not merely a retread of a familiar 12 bar theme, and each sung in his evocative voice. The variety of approaches, from the sne... Posted: Jan 8, 2015
Author: Tom Hyslop
Published by: Blues Revue Magazine June/July 2011
In this Article Artist(s) Bill Johnson

Press reviews

Bluegrass fans were treated to a lively and fun evening Friday night, Nov. 4, at Char's Landing. Bluegrass Fever tore through an eclectic repertoire, consisting of traditional American tunes like Sweet Sally Brown and Fly Around My Prett... Posted: Dec 30, 2014
Published by: Alberni Valley times
Author: Florentia Scott
In this Article Artist(s) Bluegrass Fever
Video keeps levidrome front of mind

Video keeps levidrome front of mind

Video by Lola Parks keeps levidrome front of mind. Victoria boy's word continues to gain momentum online. Lucky Budd, father of Levi Budd, campaigns to get "levidrome" in the dictionary. Posted: Jan 29, 2018
Author: Christine van Reeuwyk
Published by: Victoria News, Black Press
In this Article Artist(s) Lola Parks
CD Review for Still Blue

CD Review for Still Blue

CD Review for Still Blue Mr. Johnson jumped into view as a nominee for Guitarist of the Year in 2006. This Victoria-based bluesman jammed onstage after the Awards Show and left behind a couple of impressive CDs. This new one is even... Posted: Jan 8, 2015
Author: John Valenteyn
Published by: Toronto Blues Society : Maple Blues News
In this Article Artist(s) Bill Johnson

How to Gather Family Stories

My great grandmother was a school teacher. She raised five children in small town Alberta. When she reached the point of near exhaustion, she would grab a book and a blanket. Then she’d tell her husband she needed a break and she’d disa... Posted: Apr 14, 2015
In this Article Artist(s) Debbie Bateman

Arts council's new mapping project Speaks Easy about Cowichan's rich culture

Remember the Glass Castle? The former local oddity is a perfect example of an addition to the virtual mapping among Cowichan's arts, culture and heritage attractions sought for the Cowichan Valley Arts Council's Cowichan Culture Speaks E... Posted: Nov 22, 2013
Published by: Cowichan News Leader
Author: Peter Rusland
In this Article Resource(s): Cowichan Valley Arts Council
Future Events

The Cowichan Valley Regional District is a broad geographic region stretching from the Malahat to North Oyster and from the Cowichan Lake to Thetis Island.

The region's artists are represented by 5 sub-regional arts councils with support from the CVRD Arts and Culture Division